JH Dewhurst Butchers 23 Scotland Road Nelson
Donald Jay. I started work at JH Dewhurst Butchers 23
Scotland Road Nelson when I was 14 years old.
I started at 7-30 to
8 0clock and we finished work at 6 to 6-30pm we got Tuesday afternoon off if we
was lucky they had a habit of sending to another shop on Tuesdays that did not
have half day closeting.
we should have got
another half day off a week but we very rally got this.
Has a lad I had to do everything I used to hate Saturdays
cleaning the big fridge scrubbing the board and shelves
We had a district manager who used to call on a Saturdays he
always wanted is bloody car washing to a MR Roberts.
I also had to go around the town delivering the orders on a
old shop bicycle
First I went to Barkerhouse Road Day Nursery
And the go to Andrew Smiths old People's home.
the down to The Eccroyd Centre at Colne.
The I have to go to Marles hill Old People's Home up by the
Sparrow Oak Pub.
And any other orders too.
I used to hate cleaning the Bacon slicer that blade made me
then there was the mincer a bloody big thing it was I always
was afraid of dropping an s hook down the thing.
we had a little machine to make Burgers I must of made
The Burgers was made from any old meats and we used to had
stuffing then mince it all up and make it into Burgers.
we also had a big gas boiler in the back yard where we made
dripping you should have seen the maggots at the back of their they were big
ones just right for fishing.
The work at JH Dewhurst's was long and hard for a lad just
out of school I got 4 pounds 2 and 6 pence a week not much for the hours I
In the winter it was bloody cold they had no heaters and in
the summer it was bloody hot they had no fans but one thing they did have all
year round was Blue Bottles and maggots.
we even had rats in our cellar at Nelson
Dewhurst's like to have a good presentation window full of
meat and the shop was always full and clean.
Here are some of the people I can remember I worked with ay
I cannot remember the rest sorry.
I can remember we sold tin goods called Donald Cooks Brand
Nelson was full of shops then in the 1960s unlike today.
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